Proverbs 4:23New King James Version (NKJV)
The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
Matthew 5: 1, 8 (NKJV)
5 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
2 Peter 1:4
1 Peter 1:4
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Samuel 16:7
My Comments: Jesus’ heart has been, is and always will be for us. When we come to Jesus and believe His Gospel of death on the Cross for our sins and His Resurrection our hearts are changed to reflect Jesus’ heart.
It can always be seen who has really accepted or put of Jesus as their Savior and whose heart has not been changed. I am not saying everyone shows signs quickly just that when the heart is changed everything about a person starts to change.
They thirst for the Word of God. They are pricked when they do something not pleasing to Jesus the Son of God. They confess their wrongs. They are kinder more considerate to others and reflect God’s love for mankind. They turn from the lusts of the flesh and the desires of the heart to follow after evil, the world and worldly pleasures. I remember how it was for me.
I was still in the cult Soldiers of the Eucharist and really did not think I was doing anything to hurt anyone else nor did I think the things I watched in movies or read in books were separating me from God. I remember my heart being pricked to “purge” my literature, movies and music so I listened to and read each one with an eye and ear for how they measured up to the word of God and was ashamed know they did not. So I got rid of almost everything. It felt good. Then a short time later I felt the urge to purge again and thought, “How can I have missed any?” I went through all the ones that were left, and you know it! I had to purge more. He waited until my eyes were open to what came between He and I. He actually had me purge four different times before I was free of the things that fed the evil in my flesh.
Throughout the years He has brought to mind things that hurt our relationship and I have had to make the choice between feeding the flesh and feeding our relationship. He is gentle and a gentleman and I make the choice to keep my heart for Him. Even when going to the movies which I really enjoy doing once in awhile.
Movies are harder because though it will say the movie does not have certain things in it one can be sitting in a theatre and there it is. What does on do? I have bowed my head, gotten up and asked for my money back and left. In books I have brought home from the Library I have had to take them back when I would really like to have burned them. Satan knows our weaknesses yet God is our strength. If we rely on our strength we will fail miserably. If our hearts are bought for the Father by the blood of the Son Jesus and taught by the Holy Spirit and have His discernment we will by the grace of God persevere and our hearts will be His. If our hearts are His our lives will reflect Him.
Abba Father, we give ourselves to You through Your Son Jesus Christ who died for our sin. He became sin who knew no sin that we may have life abundantly and eternally with You. We give You our hearts and our lives to use as You know best because Abba we do not and cannot live our lives well with out You in our Heart and Your Holy Spirit filling us and guiding us at all times. Thank You Abba Father for bringing us to Your Son and Salvation.
Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, Son and Living God, you have purchased us with the price of Your blood on the Cross. You have died in our place and we believe You rose again on the third day and now sit at the right hand of Abba Father, God Almighty the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. We give our selves to You knowing You will live in us and present us to the Father unblemished and spotless and He will see only You in us. Thank You Lord Jesus for Your loving heart and Your Sacrifice.
Holy Spirit, You came to fill us once we accept Jesus as our Savior and become Children of God. Guide us please and fill us with knowledge, wisdom, and discernment to use the gifts Abba gives to each of us, as Children of God who are Justified and Redeemed. Fill our hearts for what touches the heart of Jesus and fill us with whatever is needed to do the things He asks of us. Thank You for always being there for us and now we thank You for being in us and strengthening and guiding us.
In Jesus Holy and precious name we pray in union with His Holy Spirit. Amen.